While the former descriptions are often those ingrained into American heads—through the media, through a general lack of education on sub-Sahara
After arriving in
With the weekend came our first home stay, which we found was not much different from life back home. Our stay with our first host families was much like weekends in the
This system separated people by race and was a “modern form of slavery.” We found that the families we stayed with are people just like us trying to make it through life and maintain hope. Topics of discussion ranged from politics, cars, music, history and life in general. In talking with our home stay families, we found an uncontested allegiance to the African National Congress (ANC), the current ruling government party instated in 1994 at the end of the Apartheid Regime. The ANC had great intentions coming to power, but has been faced with many challenges leading to corruption and lack of progression for the needs of its people.
As we drove further into the city, we discovered another township called Kliptown. Here we found widespread poverty, unsanitary conditions and congested housing. Running through the rain cut paths were many children eager to hold our hands, play games and meet these strange visitors. We were reminded of our younger neighbors and siblings as these kids were curious and fun-loving—unaware of the ongoing struggles their parents face. Rather than drinking from a drainage ditch, the people fought for their humanitarian right to clean water. Just recently, the South African high court ruled in favor of the anti-privatization of water. There is a saying that comes from South Africa that states, “When Soweto sneezes, the rest of the country catches cold”  Kliptown, being a part of Soweto, rose and fought against the government decision, and South Africa has certainly been swept into a furry of discussion. It is a small but necessary step to building a better future for this young developing country.
Although differences exist, the similarities between our two nations are much stronger. In our short stay in
1. Former power plant cooling tower, now iconic symbol of Soweto.
2. Antoinette Sithole, sister of Hector Pieterson (who was killed in the 1976 Soweto Uprisings)
3. Homestay house.
4. Megan cooking dinner during her homestay.
5. Peace for Soweto graffiti
6. Drainage ditch in Kliptown (the runoff is from an upper class neighborhood). Children sometimes play/swim here for lack of better facilities.
7. Kliptown youth and CGE students.
 Sithembele “Stakes” Khala, former liberation struggle activist and
 Molefi Mataboge, former liberation struggle activist, conversation on Aug. 18, 2008 in
 Journalist during liberation struggle, conversation on August 19, 2008 in